The participation and decision making of `at risk' youth in community music projects: an exploration of three case studies
Author: Rimmer, Mark
Source: Journal of Youth Studies, Volume 15, Number 3, 1 May 2012 , pp. 329-350(22)
Abstract:In the UK, recent years have witnessed a considerable growth in youth participation activities that seek to involve children and young people in various forms of decision-making. One such form of youth participation to benefit from increased government support since the late 1990s concerns community arts activities, especially those targeting young people considered to be `at risk'. While there exists a developing international literature exploring youth participation in community arts activities, to date relatively little attention has been paid to issues surrounding young people's decision-making within participatory arts projects. Through an exploration of three community music projects based in the North of England, this article considers the nature of young people's participation in project-related decision-making before proposing the need for greater attention to this aspect of community music activity, especially in the case of projects which seek to engage with `at risk' youth.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-05-01